“A west African masquerade version of Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute,’ with Tibetan tantric overlays, might look something like a Saya Woolfalk installation. Ms. Woolfalk has created her own society of mythological beings called the Empathics, who not only blend racial and ethnic differences, but also dissolve the line between humans and plants. These sculptural figures, with their blossom heads, are fantastic but, as with all fundamentally spiritual art, a complex moral thread runs through the fantasy.” – The New York Times, Holland Cotter

Saya Woolfalk is a New York-based visual artist who was born in Gifu City, Japan. Her work uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. Her solo exhibitions include ChimaCloud, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY (2016); The Pollen Catchers’ Color Mixing Machine, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling, New York, NY (2015); Life Products by ChimaTEK, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA (2014); and The Empathics, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ (2012). Her group shows include Disguise – Hidden Dimensions in African Past, Present and Future Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA (2015); The Shadows Took Shape, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2013); and Migrating Identities, Yerba Buena Center for the arts San Francisco, CA. Her residencies and awards include Artist in Residence, Simons Center for Physics and Geometry, SUNY Stony Brook, NY (2014); The Franklin Furnace Fund Grant for Performance Art, New York, NY (2008); and Fulbright IIE Grant: Brazilian Fulbright Commission (2007). Woolfalk was a 2006 participant in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Whitney Independent Study Program. She received a B.A. in Visual Art and Economics from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

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